Pepperoni Pizza Bread

Pepperoni Pizza Bread is an appetizer recipe that has been in the family for years and made at every single holiday! You can make a meal out of this!
Pepperoni Pizza Bread Appetizer Recipe for the holidays
Consider yourselves special that I am sharing this “secret” family recipe for pepperoni pizza bread with you…I just really want you to have the best of the best to serve at your holiday parties.  This always goes over well at parties and there’s never any left over.
It’s no surprise that I’m a big fans of pizza but there are some nights where homemade pizza just takes a little too long to make.  However, when you’ve got that hankering for cheese and bread, you might consider making a pepperoni pizza bread…or stromboli…or pizza pop…or pizza roll…or however you wish to call it.
 Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe made at Russo's Clubhouse Pizza in Greece, New York.  This is perfect for an appetizer party or dish to pass at any holiday party.
The first time I made this bread a few weeks ago, I used the famous pizza dough from the pizzeria that my in-laws own (shout out to Russo’s Clubhouse Pizza!) and made it using the recipe that my mother-in-law has used for years upon years.  I got to opportunity to make this in the mansion of all kitchens at Russo’s.  Well, I guess anything feels like a mansion compared to my miniature kitchen at home. The dough is seriously fantastic when it is used for the pizza so I knew it would be perfect for this pepperoni bread, as well.  It not only works perfectly with pizza but also beautifully with this bread.
Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe is a great Christmas or Thanksgiving Day appetizer or something to pass at any holiday party.
There really is no set recipe for what to put in pizza bread, but this way is how I prefer it.  I used  pepperoni and mozzarella cheese to keep it simple.   You can really use any variety of cheese and even sneak in some veggies: spinach, broccoli, artichokes,  asparagus, zucchini, etc.  Whatever you like on your pizza, throw it in there!  The cheeses used in this bread are usually pretty standard: mozzarella is a given, but I’ve also seen people use provolone in this type of bread.
Pepperoni Pizza Bread made in the kitchen at Russo's Clubhouse Pizza in Greece, New York.
The only thing I recommend about this bread is that you don’t skip the beaten egg yolk step at the end.  The egg gives the crust a wonderful shine and flavor that complements the salty insides wonderfully.

                        Oh and P.S. – you might want to have your cholesterol medicine on hand!

Pepperoni Pizza Bread made at Russo's Clubhouse Pizza in Greece, New York on Long Pond Road.

The steps in rolling the pizza dough for the Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe.

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe is delicoius and easy for any holiday party or appetizer to bring to a friend's house.


Pepperoni Pizza Bread
Recipe type: appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 1 large bread
Pepperoni Pizza Bread is an appetizer recipe that has been in the family for years and made at every single holiday! You can make a meal out of this!
  • 1 - 1.25 pounds pizza dough, rolled out thin
  • pepperoni (about ½ lb)
  • mozzarella cheese (or cheese of choice, about ¼ lb)
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • vegetable oil
  • oregano, salt & pepper
  • optional: any veggies you wish to add
  1. (For this bread, prepare your favorite pizza dough recipe (here is a good one if you don't have a favorite:, or use fresh pizza dough from your grocery store.)
  2. Prepare the recipe of your favorite pizza dough, if making from scratch.Dust a clean work surface with flour.
  3. Roll out dough into a long circular shape, about 12-14 inches long and about 8 inches wide.
  4. Roll the dough thin.
  5. Rub dough with vegetable oil and blot any excess oil.
  6. Salt and pepper the dough generously and sprinkle oregano over all.
  7. Spread pepperoni over the whole thing (and any other goodies you are adding). Sprinkle cheese on.
  8. Roll and form into a ball after rolling (pictured above).
  9. Using a pastry brush, brush beaten egg over the top of the bread and down the sides.
  10. Sprinkle with pizza seasoning, if desired.Preheat oven to 375 degrees (preheat a pizza stone, if using) and bake on a lightly greased or foil-lined baking sheet or pie pan for about 45 minutes. Keep an eye on it and it's done when the crust is golden brown.Cut into pieces using a sharp knife.
  11. Serve with marinara sauce to dip, if you wish!
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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

13 Responses to “Pepperoni Pizza Bread”

  1. April 25, 2012 at 2:19 PM #

    Thanks so much for stopping by my site! I’m so thrilled to have found yours, and especially to have discovered this recipe – love it!

    • April 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM #

      OMG I LOVE your site! I follow it and check it all the time! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  2. May 24, 2012 at 3:24 PM #

    This is a sinful recipe! So many filling combinations it can pretty much be made every week…

  3. Tiffany C.
    January 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM #

    Do you have any idea how many people one of these would serve? I’m trying to decide if one would be sufficient enough to take to our Super Bowl party. Thanks! (Btw, LOVE your site!)

    • January 30, 2013 at 8:41 PM #

      I’d say one loaf serves 8-10, but I will warn you – people normally DEVOUR this bread so you may want to make more than 1 to be safe 🙂 I normally slice it and then cut the pieces in half. Thanks for the nice compliment on my site!

      • Tiffany C.
        January 30, 2013 at 11:05 PM #

        Thanks so much for the reply! 🙂

  4. Bea Long
    November 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM #

    One word “AWESOME”!! I love your site. I have just recently found you and I love reading it. I need to get some laundry done will have to wait. I am making this tonight!! YEAH!

    • November 7, 2013 at 10:36 PM #

      Bea, thank you so much!!!

  5. michelle
    November 27, 2013 at 8:55 AM #

    The secret is out. We have been making this since I can remember. Its a definite hit for any occasion. Good job Ashley…. Happy Thanksgiving.

    • November 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM #

      You too, Michelle!!

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